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The Smooth Operator's Secret Hotel Notes

September 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene and rooms are up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

From The Smooth Operator: I have a list I keep in my notes section of my Blackberry keeping track of rooms I've especially liked so I can book them on return trips. They include little tips that I'd like to share with you in case you're ever staying at these places, too.

Hudson Hotel, NY (Suite 877)
The Hudson is undergoing a room-by room-reno. Hopefully, the Philippe Starck dream decor will remain in tact as best as possible. Their new rooms(make sure you ask for one in advance of your stay so you're not stuck in the old wings) have new furniture, updated wood headboards, and many with new bathroom fixtures. The custom furniture fits the tight rooms very well. Be kind to the front desk manager and you may be in for a great upgrade. It helps to say 'please'.

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Wills and Kate Staying At Raffles Singapore

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673
September 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we wrote about high tea at Raffles Singapore a few weeks ago, we had no idea that the hotel was preparing to receive royalty! Apparently, while we were lusting over finger sandwiches and French champagne, the ritzy hotel was getting their best room ready for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge who arrived yesterday. The two are in Singapore for a few days as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour through Asia, celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 50-year reign. And, it just so happens the Queen also stayed at the Raffles during a March 2006 visit to the country.

If we were to wager some Singapore Slings (though we've read Kate isn't drinking these days), we'd say the couple will stay in the Grand Hotel Suite, which we've written about before and have lovely pictures for you to lust over.

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This Easter Sunday, Kill A Few Hours Hanging In The Radisson Bloomsbury's 'Egg' Chair

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  Site Where: 9-14 Bloomsbury Street , London, United Kingdom, WC1B 3QD
April 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not all of your Easter plans have to involve chasing down sugar-crazed tykes, who are in turn chasing down the Easter Bunny, who is in turn looking for the nearest dive bar. You could instead pack for an overnighter and take a much-deserved getaway to one of the first class rooms on the seventh floor of Radisson Bloomsbury in London.

While technically all of the rooms in all Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotels this month are offering a free chocolate Easter egg, free full English breakfast and free room upgrade for an Easter package starting at £135/night, only room 7007 in the Radisson Bloomsbury contains what might be London's coolest piece of hotel furniture: the hanging egg chair.

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Is That A Light-Up Bathtub Inside The May Fair? Why Yes, It Is

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  Site Where: Stratton Street , London, United Kingdom, W1A 2AN
April 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's no wonder that The May Fair continues to stay on our most-loved London hotels list. Between lost sheep drama, hotel-branded cigarette jeans and the yellow-tastic Amarillo Suite, there's just a lot to love.

Right now, we're big-time crushing on their new Ebony Suite, whose bathroom has, yes, an illuminated tub. The bathroom was fitted out by Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto (the same company that built a toilet trike, and actually had someone ride it around Tokyo) and features other nifty details like color-changing sinks, remote control toilet, and a horizontal-stream shower.

Click through for more photos of the Ebony Suite!

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To Be Young, In Love, and Insanely Rich Means A Night at The London Penthouse

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  Site Where: 151 W 54th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019-5302
February 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

For Valentine's Day, serial hotel mob scene instigator Justin Bieber decided to treat his girlfriend to somewhere nice. Anywhere on the town. Penthouse views. Heated towel racks. Grilled venison.

Yeah, the Bieb knows how to sleep around. After being spotted at the Dream Downtown's lobby restaurant last weekend, he found another, less scene-y spot for him and Selena Gomez to do a little dinner-and-a-movie action in a swank suite for Valentine's Day—except we're guessing there was a lot less "dinner" than "movie" going on, if you know what we mean...wink, wink.

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Inside a Suite At Gamboa Rainforest Resort

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  Site Where: Gamboa, Panama
February 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's it like shacking up in the middle of the rainforest for a few days? Not as bad as you'd think! The independently-owned Gamboa Rainforest Resort went up 12 years ago, and was built as a way for visitors to experience the rainforest of Panama, while still enjoying all the luxuries of a full-service hotel—like tiled bathrooms, a Club Lounge, and air conditioning.

Technically, the resort isn't too, too far from civilization—it's only about a 45-minute drive from Panama City. But by the look (just trees and rivers for miles), feel (kinda woodsy), and sound of it (birds!), you'd think you were in it for the long haul. And that's just how owner Herman Bern wanted it: "The great thing about Gamboa," he told us, "is you go out fishing on a boat, and all of a sudden, you could be in the middle of the Amazon. Then, in half an hour, you can go back to the city and have a glass of champagne."

Take a tour of one of the suites, below!

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Luxury Collection Premiers Final Cut Inside The Producer's Suite

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  Site Where: 130 W 44th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036-4011
January 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Guess the Hotel revealed!

Were you able to figure anything out from the video we posted on Friday? Two people called out The Chatwal, which was correct! We were there last week, in the Producer's Suite on the tenth floor, to watch a new promotional video by Luxury Collection called HERE.

If you're at all restless like us, you might wind up booking an impromptu trip to Vermont, Scottsdale and/or Hawaii after you watch it. The 15-minute film is set at Equinox Resort & Spa, The Phoenician and The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki successively, and each hotel comes off looking more idyllic than the next.

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Have A Sleepover, Every Week For A Year, At Affinia Manhattan

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  Site Where: 371 7TH Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
January 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Affinia lovers, get out your checkbooks. After debuting the new look last summer, Affinia Manhattan is now putting one of its pretty, flower-themed rooms up for auction. But rather than long weekend-ers or tourists, the deal is actually aimed at business travelers and commuters, who visit the city on a frequent basis.

Every Sunday night for a year, the auction winner can come home to a 1-bedroom suite inside the Affinia Manhattan. And every week, it will be exactly the same (you can even leave your stuff in the closets!).

Which is why, for a wide-eyed tourist hungry to see all the sights, this situation wouldn't be that ideal. But for tireless business travelers, who benefit from consistency and routine (and only really want a quiet place to play with their stuffed animals), this could be a match made in heaven. As long as you're willing to duke it out on the auction block, that is.

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When You're Britney Spears, You Don't Just Get Upgraded, You Get 'Mega Suite' Upgraded

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  Site Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
December 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

For most people, an engagement party involves a little champagne, some friends, and a chance for the bride-to-be to show off her ring. Britney Spears is not most people. Well, we knew that already, but we sure got a chuckle out of seeing these photos released of the betrothal festivities that went down this past weekend at Planet Hollywood in Vegas.

Celebrating first at the resort's Strip House Steakhouse, a very visible "ph" emblem was positioned on top of the cake so it would show up in every photo. We doubt the couple ever actually sat down to taste the cake, but it's the thought publicity that counts.

Also on the agenda? A night at one of the resort's 3,100-square-foot, Jonathan Adler-designed "mega suites" (which we couldn't even find on the website, but apparently include a Murano glass chandelier, living room, dining room, and a jacuzzi). Then again, let's face it: she wasn't exactly about to get stuck with a Spaceballs-themed room, now was she?

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The Renaissance Times Square Was So Scary, Blake Lively's Face Froze

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  Site Where: 2 Times Square [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
October 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't be scared, Blake, it's just make believe!

OK, we'll be honest. When we first saw this photo, and read the caption about a special Halloween suite at the Renaissance Times Square being decorated by Madame Tussauds, we thought they were referring to a wax sculpture of Ms. Lively. Sorry, Blake! Your features just looked so....erm, lively lifeless.

Blake Lively stopped by last week for the debut of the hotel's "Dare To Check-In" Halloween suite. And since she is on the rebound from her short-lived relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio, Renaissance made sure there were plenty of toys to keep her distracted. Like tarot cards. Obviously, when you've just had your heart broken on the national news, a fortune teller is exactly the person you want to speak to.

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Guess The Creepy Hotel Vase: Revealed!

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  Site Where: 25 East 77th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
October 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

On Friday, we had you guessing which hotel was giving guests the pre-Halloween heebie-jeebies with this crazy-lookin vase. Interestingly, several people guessed the Mondrian South Beach (for obvious reasons), but the correct hotel is actually in a completely separate state!

However, those who pointed out that this face is reminiscent of the wallpaper found inside closets at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas were definitely onto something. The image is actually a motif of the acclaimed Milanese design shop Fornasetti, whose founder, Piero Fornasetti, came across a photo of opera singer Lina Cavalieri in a 19th century French magazine, and decided there and then that she would become his "muse." This explains why the above vase would strike anyone who has seen a Fornasetti rug or piece of furniture before.

But the hotel? Read on below to find out more!

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Try Not To Spill Your Coffee Inside La Maison Champs-Elysées

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  Site Where: 8 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris, France, 75008

August 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Gilded Lounge Suite

Last time we checked in on the Paris scene, the theatrical Maison Champs-Elysées was undergoing renovations to add couture rooms. Now, the hotel is ready.

There are 40 “boutique” rooms, ranging from superior (standard) rooms to junior suites, and 17 rooms in the “couture collection”, going from a deluxe couture rooms, through duplex junior couture suites, to four named suites: the Lost Mouldings, White Cover, Gilded Lounge and Curiosity Case.

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